The Roach Coach

Posted 8 Jun 2005 at 16:52 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a robot driven by a cockroach!. This cybug robot is about knee high with a hissing cockroach velcroed on top. The cockroach drives the robot by rolling a trackball. When it gets near a wall, LEDs shine in the roach's eyes so it will back away (roaches avoid bright light). The roach coach is a project of Garnet Hertz, a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine to test bug navigation intelligence. Mr. Hertz says that some roaches like to sit around for minutes on end, while others ignore the lights and like to bump into the wall on purpose. I'd bet mom's everywhere would jump when they see this thing coming!

Previous article..., posted 8 Jun 2005 at 18:12 UTC by steve » (Master)

The previous article Swirling Brain mentioned, Cyborg Cockroach includes links to the research site with photos of the robot and to Garnet's thesis on animal/machine control and communications.

Vice-Versa..., posted 9 Jun 2005 at 02:30 UTC by NateW » (Master)

If you think cockroach-controlled electronics are cool, you'll surely get a kick out of electronically-controlled cockroaches too.

synthesis, posted 9 Jun 2005 at 10:53 UTC by dogsbody_d » (Master)

You could put both systems together to have a totally redundant pseudo-18th century theory of volition!

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